SOURCE: Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

Hunt Valley Animal Hospital

November 29, 2011 09:00 ET

Hunt Valley Veterinarian Remembers 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs

HUNT VALLEY, MD--(Marketwire - Nov 29, 2011) - A decade after the September 11th attacks, Hunt Valley Animal Hospital is remembering the search and rescue dogs who combed through more than a million tons of hazardous debris, searching for survivors and victims. The vet clinic's own veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Papke, lived in New York City during the attacks. Dr. Papke volunteered her services at the World Trade Center, attending to the search and rescue dogs. A Maryland native, Dr. Papke returned to Maryland in 2002 and has been practicing at the animal vet clinic since June 2010.

More than a decade has passed since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, but Hunt Valley Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Kelly Papke still clearly remembers that day, and those that followed.

Dr. Papke lived in New York City at the time, and volunteered her services to help with 9/11 search and rescue dogs. The dogs combed through more than a million tons of hazardous debris, both at the World Trade Center site, and also at the Staten Island landfill.

"While the humans combing the debris wore protective gear, the search and rescue dogs literally had their noses to the ground, looking for survivors and victims," said Dr. Papke. "Volunteering to care for the search and rescue dogs following 9/11 was an incredibly moving experience, and I remain deeply touched by the dedication these animals showed while searching the World Trade Center site."

And while many survivors and workers continue to experience physical health problems and psychological scars from the traumatic events of 9/11, the search and rescue dogs have done remarkably well. A study funded by the American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation has been tracking the dog's health for the last decade, finding that search and rescue dogs remain relatively health, even in comparison to a control group.

"These dogs are incredibly resilient, as the follow up study clearly indicates," said Dr. Papke. "The four-legged rescuers gave so much! Working with them first-hand following the attacks was also a powerful reminder of the strong bond between canines and humans, and the care these animals show for us. I feel lucky to have been in a position to volunteer my services."

A Maryland native, Dr. Papke returned home in 2002 and has been working at the Hunt Valley veterinary clinic since June 2010. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, senior pet care and exotic pet care.

A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Papke received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She continues to stay up-to-date on the latest vet care techniques, including veterinary orthopedic surgery, through continuing education and specialty training programs.

The animal hospital provides comprehensive surgical care, including laparoscopy, ultrasound, rhinoscopy and cystoscopy, along with advanced techniques for repairing elongated soft palates in brachycephalic breeds.

Pet owners who wish to learn more about Dr. Papke and the 9/11 search and rescue dogs may do so by visiting the practice's website,

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  • Hunt Valley Animal Hospital
    Hunt Valley, MD